We will see the house much as he left it, with his books and with photographs of many of the distinguished visitors who came to Kirchstetten, including Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Spender. Auden is buried in the tranquil churchyard in the village.
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In order to make the most of the surroundings, we have designed different itineraries for each departure. A drive through the Vorarlberg Mountains, a visit to the Angelika Kauffman Museum and wine and cheese tasting are included. A number of easy walks start right in front of the hotel. All dinners will be taken in restaurants either in the village or in Hohenems. We will visit the Principality of Liechtenstein and see the castle and the art gallery with its collection of 19th and 20th century art; the great Romanesque abbey in St.
Gallen and the museums in the Schubertiade Quartier of Hohenems.
A stop to visit the superb Oskar Reinhart art collection in Winterthur will be included for both tours. The work was first performed in Paris in As the capital of a vast and wealthy empire,Vienna was able to provide all the conditions for musical creativity to flourish on a magnificent scale. The works of an impressive list of composers, some of whom were not even Austrian, let alone Viennese, are woven into the fabric of life in Vienna to this day.
Artists too made Vienna the centre of cultural Europe from the late 19th century. Belvedere Palace. It was built in and has 76 elegantly furnished rooms. A delicious full Austrian buffet breakfast is served, whilst from noon the lounge offers snacks and drinks, with piano music most evenings. There is a fitness centre, steam bath and sauna. Later we visit the Leopold Museum with its collection of works by Austrian artists including Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. James Conlon conducts. We will have dinner together at the fabled Hotel Sacher. The theatre opened in with a performance of an opera by Salieri and since then many of the greatest Italian operas have received their first performance on its hallowed stage: Two very different divas enjoyed their greatest successes at La Scala — Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas triumphed here season after season at the height of their careers.
This is an exceptionally special visit for everyone with an interest in opera and those who perform it. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and an indoor swimming pool overlooking the cathedral. Myung-Whun Chung conducts. Michele Gamba conducts.
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Inaugurated in the opera house has, like its namesake the phoenix, been destroyed by fire and rebuilt, both in and The latest exquisitely restored La Fenice opened its doors in George in the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni will all be included. There will be free time each afternoon for independent exploration during which you can use your included Venice pass to visit the Palazzo Ducale, the Museo Correr and the Archaelogical Museum.
Ideally located between St. Although large bedrooms the personal service and cosy public areas give it the feel of a much smaller boutique property. All rooms are furnished to a very high standard and have extremely comfortable beds and luxurious bathrooms.
There is a wonderful roof terrace and a restaurant offering a modern take on traditional Venetian recipes. Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini 9 October. Flights from London Heathrow and City Airport and regional airports are available — please speak to one of our team to discuss the option most convenient to you. The operas still hold centre stage but throughout the day visitors can enjoy recitals, concerts and a dynamic literary festival, all taking place at different venues throughout the town. Buxton is a lovely spa town in the heart of the glorious Peak District. Its imposing Crescent is about to be given a new lease of life when a new spa hotel opens later in Developed by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, this long awaited project is being inaugurated by a new opera, Georgiana, which will be performed at the Opera House.
La vestale by Spontini. July 9 evening and July 18 matinee This very rarely performed opera by Gaspare Spontini is a perfect opera for Buxton. The opera was famously performed at La Scala Milan in when Maria Callas took on the role of Julia, the vestal virgin of the title. Since then, very few performances have taken place despite the great theatrical and musical opportunities the opera offers to the singer brave enough to take on the role. We stay at the long established and family run Lee Wood Hotel for this tour.
There is also a spa. In addition to the visit to Chatsworth, there will be an excursion to Haddon Hall, a glorious Elizabethan house near Bakewell and one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. A recital or chamber music concert will also be included on both dates. The opera was first performed on 19 March at the Maly Theatre, Moscow.
This historic hotel has a lounge, bar and restaurant. We will include two excursions. There will be a visit to Kedleston Hall, a magnificent neo-classical house by Robert Adam designed for the Curzon family who still live in the Hall today. The second visit is to Chatsworth, the glorious seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The opera ran for more than two hundred performances.
Barry Cheeseman writes: Orpheus in the Underworld was the first opera I ever saw. Georgiana July 20 evening This new work is an opera pasticcio with music from the time of Georgiana Cavendish wife of the 5th Duke.
Concerts are held in the beautiful 13th century church of St. Mary in the village of South Creake, a few miles inland from the North Norfolk coastline. We stay at a hotel overlooking the marshes at Titchwell. Visits include three impressive country houses — Holkham, Houghton and Raynham. For a more detailed day by day itinerary please visit the Cultural Tours section of our website kirkerholidays.
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Today the Grange Festival is in the hands of the countertenor Michael Chance who took on the role of Artistic Director in Our tour is based in the heart of historic Winchester. We will also visit a private garden not far from Winchester. We stay in the Wessex Hotel adjacent to the cathedral — one dinner will be served at the hotel and two at Grange Park. In addition to the operas we will attend the annual Kirker Chamber Music Concert held in the lovely 12th century church of St.
There are also other superb examples of mediaeval architecture which we will see in the city, as well as making excursions to a number of famous houses and gardens in the area. We stay at the 3 star Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, an elegant Georgian house set in parkland, five miles from the cathedral. The holiday commencing on 27 July will include a visit to Westbury Court with its perfect example of an 18th century Dutch water garden, and Buscot Park, an 18th century house with a garden that is a prime example of the Italian mode of the Arts and Crafts style.
The holiday commencing on 31 July will include a visit to Cheltenham to see the Holst Birthplace Museum, and historic Painswick Rococo Garden, the only surviving complete garden of its kind in the country. Clients choosing to book the eight night holiday will follow both these itineraries and will also attend the morning concert on 31 July where tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tillbrook give a recital of works by Ian Venables and Ravel and, with the Carducci String Quartet, a performance of On Wenlock Edge by Vaughan Williams.
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The St. Oliver led this tour in which was unanimously praised by the participants and so we will be repeating the programme in Once again we have timed the tour to coincide with the wonderful Bach festival in Leipzig. Zumnorde am Anger. Erfurt is one of the best preserved cities in Germany, with mediaeval, Romanesque and Gothic buildings.
Bach was appointed organist here in JS Bach worked in the city and Mendelssohn lived here. We visit the Grassi Museum and see the extensive collections of historic musical instruments.
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